Sprayberry runs over county rival Campbell
SMYRNA — Sprayberry assured itself its best start in 27 years with a convincing 47-13 victory over county rival Campbell in a non-region game at Richard McDaniel Stadium on Friday.
The win gives Sprayberry its first 3-0 start since 1989 and its fifth since its football program began in 1956.
“When you prepare for a game, you don’t think about stuff like that,” Sprayberry coach Billy Shackelford said. “It’s neat and it’s an honor. We try to go out and play and do our best every game. But I’m really excited. It’s always good to be 3-0 and it’s even better to be 4-0 and that’s what we’re going to work on next week.”
Sprayberry got a break on the game’s opening possession as D.J. Worthy recovered a fumble by Campbell quarterback Kameron Smith at the Yellow Jacket 40-yard line.
It took only four plays for Sprayberry to score, with London Roberson scoring on a 7-yard quarterback keeper. He followed with a run for the 2-point conversion to give the Yellow Jackets an 8-0 lead.
Campbell struck back on the ensuing drive as Smith threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Colby Deprill to cut Sprayberry’s advantage to 8-7.
After Worthy’s 42-yard kickoff return on the ensuing kickoff gave Sprayberry the ball at the Campbell 48, Trey Sermon cut loose for a 44-yard touchdown run two plays later to increase the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 15-7 with 2:12 left in the first quarter.
Sprayberry’s special teams came up with a big play on the next series as it blocked a Campbell punt. Luan Cosmo recovered the ball and returned it to the Spartans 8 with 40 seconds left in the first quarter.
A couple of holding penalties on Sprayberry would move the ball back to the Campbell 23, but Sermon responded with runs of 11 and 7 yards that would set up his 1-yard touchdown, and Roberson’s 2-point run to increase the Yellow Jackets’ advantage to 22-7.
A 20-yard field goal by Myles Worthy completed the scoring in the first half and gave Sprayberry a 26-7 lead it would take into halftime.
The Yellow Jackets didn’t waste any time adding to its lead as the second half began. Roberson connected with Abay Holmes for a 63-yard touchdown pass and then running a quarterback keeper into the end zone for a 2-point conversion to make it 34-7.
Sprayberry’s defense helped set up the Yellow Jackets’ next score as Trey Milton intercepted a pass and ran it back to the Canpbell 19. Roberson scored on a 19-yard run two plays later to give the Jackets a 40-7 lead.
Sermon added his third touchdown of the night with an 8-yard run with 2 seconds left in the third quarter to give Sprayberry a 47-7 lead.
Campbell would cut Sprayberry’s final margin of victory when Desmond McDowell scored from 2-yards out with 59 seconds remaining in the game after setting it up with a 50-yard run.
“They’re a good ball club,” Campbell coach Ryan Brady said. “They’ve got a good quarterback (Roberson) and the running back (Sermon) is going to Oklahoma. He’s the real deal and as long as that kid can stay healthy, they have a chance. We’ve got a lot of work ahead. We’re going to go to work and try to get better.”
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